PSHE Lead: Mrs E Rolls
Subject Teachers: Mr O Afolayan, Miss S Amos, Mrs M Barnes, Mr A Chedciala, Miss M Crocker, Mr O Fawehinmi, Mr N Gibberd, Mrs S Hirst, Miss D Hocking, Mrs G Knappett, Mr B Murray, Mrs G Okoroafor, Mr M Prince, Mrs D Rae, Mrs V Schmitt, Mr G Scott, Mr A Thorn.
Our ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us. Stephen Covey
Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:
PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHE is delivered through Tutor Time activities, themed activity days, and lesson time.
Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, PSHE is studied in one lesson per week. The course follows the statutory guidance for PSHE. There are two key areas of learning in PSHE: economic well-being (careers, finance and enterprise) and personal well-being (health and relationships, including SRE - Sex and Relationships Education). These key areas cover the three core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World.
The aim of the course is to provide a 'spiral programme' that introduces new and more challenging learning, while building on what has gone before, which reflects and meets the personal developmental needs of the students. Opportunities are provided to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions. Lessons provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.
Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4, PSHE is delivered in a variety of ways. This includes through weekly Tutor Time activities and themed activity days, such as Enterprise Day, Post 16 Day and the Model UN. Topics that relate to economic and personal well-being form an important part of GCSE lesson time across a range of subjects including, but not exclusive to, Child Development, Drama, Design Technology, English, Food Technology, Geography, History, Mathematics, PE, Philosophy and Ethics, and Science.
The PSHE programme links to other whole school approaches such as pastoral support, and provides a setting where the responsible choice becomes the easy choice.
Assessment Method - Key Stage 4
To be a successful independent learner, students are required to reflect on and identify what they have learnt, what needs to be learnt next and what they need to do to continue with their learning.
Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:
There are a range of extra-curricular activities and clubs that are part of the PSHE programme, including Drama, Music, MFL, PE, and Science. Other activities include:
- School Council
- Model United Nations
- Cove School has a Fairtrade Committee that works to raise the profile of Fairtrade
- National Student Voice – 2 students are part of the National Student Voice Executive Committee